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medicare has issued a warning. what is that warning? is anyone listening? steve moore joins us live. steve is the senior economic writer for the "wall street journal" editorial page. center for medicare and medicaid service has a warning what is it? >> this bill is going to cost more than expected. this bill was intended to cut the costs of the health insurance system so we could all afford greater access to health care. what this medicare actuary said it is going to what they call ben the cost curve up to state cost will rise over time they won't fall down. that's what mr. obama said. they project over the next 10 years that the increase in the cost of medicare is going to be 200 billion dollars that a big number twice the size of the california budget. >> greta: is that in contrast to what the congressional budget office said? >> a higher number. >> greta: now we've got two very different numbers. did they use different methodology at arriving at the numbers? >> medicare they think the cost are going to accelerate more. remember there's two parallel programs there's medicare they didn't
in social security and medicare. cuts in social security an medicare. i would simply say to them, look at where we are. look at where we are. social security and medicare are both cash negative today. the trustees of medicare say that medicare will go broke in eight years. social security will take somewhat longer. but both are on a path to insolvency if we fail to act. mr. president, it hasn't just been from the more liberal side of the spectrum that the criticism has come. also on the right. "the wall street journal," ran this editorial calling the debt reduction commission or the deficit commission a trap. they say it is a trap that will lead to higher taxes, to more revenue. so on the left and the right we have those complaining that if you move forward to deal with the debt, you're going to make reductions in programs and you're goi i think that's undeniably the case. if you're going to deal with this debt threat, we are going to have to make changes in the spending prowewewewewe are goine changes in the revenue base of the country. i would suggest for those who are concerned abou
why they would endorse a bill offering huge kits to medicare. these private plans offer seniors an alternative to medicare that often includes extra medical coverage like dental and vision care. >> i recognize the gentleman from georgia. >> reporter: georgia republican phil gingrey thinks he knows why. >> seniors are back into medicare fee for service, the more opportunity aarp has to get royalties from the sale of the medi gap policies. >> reporter: he says those seniors force the out of medicare advantage would have to buy supplemental insurance, like medi gap. for insurers like the aarp and its partner, united health care, that means a much higher profit margin. >> they have to purchase a medi gap policy, and oh, guess what? aarp has 30% of that. >> you should know about this card. >> reporter: it's a fact not lost on its member. >> aarp is about insurance. people need to know that. aarp is not out there to help you, it's to take your money and put it in their pocket. >> reporter: the aarp insists this is not true. so your lobbyists haven't lobbied to leave untouched. edigap?
social security and medicare and medicaid, probably the two main things basically bleeding us dry. but basically it is suicide to talk about those two. so we are going to have to go with, i guess, the spending cuts that he suggested. that is basically all i have to say. host: little rock, arkansas. paul on the republican line. caller: the morning, greta. i would like the president to talk about jobs and the economy. and during the campaign he promised to save millions of jobs. also promised to create millions of dollars. since he has been president he has created a huge deficit, sent $100 million to haiti, and there are many people right here in america who are unemployed, people who need jobs, and i feel that he should concentrate on taking care of the american people first. host: that is the headline in "the wall street journal" and "the new york times." it says -- host: new york city, luis, independent line. the trustee secretary will be testifying about what he knew about aig and that will be at 10:00 a.m. eastern time live on c-span3. also testifying as former treasury secret
. they filed all the paperwork, and medicare and my insurance covered the cost. we can work directly with medicare or with your insurance company. we can even help with financing. if there's a way, we'll find it! so don't wait any longer, call the scooter store today. >>> 2009, clearly a rough year for the economy. as you would imagine, scam artists were out in full force taking advantage of the tough times. finance adviser, gerri willis is joining us. you can't believe people that take advantage during these times. >> yeah, one of the top scans is the stimulus scam. scammers were hard at work trying to convince if they paid for a piece of advice they could get a piece of the stimulus. and then the job hunter scam. and the mortgage foreclosure rescue scams. they were offering to help homeowners save their home from foreclosure. and robocalls. you can pay fees from $700 to $1,000, and it's money you can save by negotiating with your credit card company on your own. and then the free trial ads on the internet for teeth whi whiteners. >>> now that we are aware of the lot of the scams ou
to the president's bill, but asked in return for some relief of the reimbursement under medicare to the physicians elimination of this flawed formula that year after year after year forces the doctors to take these deep cuts so that they can't -- literally can't afford to continue to see medicare patients and of course the request, mr. speaker, at that particular meeting back in chicago probably last may or june of 2009 that there be some meaningful medical liability tort reform. the c.b.o., in fact, estimated that that would save $54 billion. just that one issue would save $54 billion. the c.b.o. says over 10 years, mr. speaker, i respectfully suggest that's a most conservative estimate on their part. i think it would be $54 billion each and every year over the next 10 years. but in any regard, i am blessed tonight to be joined by a number of the members of the g.o.p. doctors' caucus, and we're going to talk about the main theme of tonight, and that is the issue of transparency. and i want to get into that in just a second. nothing could be more important, particularly at this point, this 11th ho
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to pay for its medicare expansion and my state didn't? james q. wilson also wrote in his essay that respect for the law of unintended consequences is -- quote -- "not an argument for doing nothing but it is one," mr. wilson said," for doing things experimentally. try your idea out in one place and see what happens before you inflict it on the whole country," he suggests. well, if you'll examine the "congressional record," you'll find that republican senators have been following mr. wilson's advice, proposing a step-by-step approach to confronting our nation's challenging -- challenges 173 different times during 2009. may i say that again. republican senators during 2009 173 different times on the floor of the senate have proposed a step-by-step approach toward health care and other of our nation's challenges. on health care, for example, we first suggested setting a clear goal. that is, reducing costs. then we proposed the first six steps toward achieving that goal. number one, allowing small businesses to pool their resources to purchase health plans. number two, reducing junk
that doctors treating medicare patients knew what they'd be getting years out so that medicare would have a stability that it needs. i yield back. mr. cantor: i thank the gentleman, madam speaker. and i would say again, somehow in the gentleman's memory of these past years there is something that's left out and that is the -- this body and congress. because during the clinton years, the clinton years that saw prosperity, there was a republican control of congress. and they yielded tax policies that we believe could once again get us back on track. in the same way all the job losses that the gentleman continues to recite and point fingers and blame on the prior administration, if we're going to play that game, i would say that since his party has taken control of this body we've lost in this country 6.1 million jobs. as he says, none of the job losses are acceptable. there are many ways to look at these figures and who was responsible for what and could claim credit for such. but at the end of the day what we're facing right now is a situation where the american people and the small busine
- term liabilities is medicare, medicaid, and health care spending. nothing comes close. social security would probably fix the same way to and ronald reagan sat down together and could figure something out. that is manageable. medicare and medicaid are a massive problem down the road. that is going to be what our children have to worry about. paul's approach, i want to be careful to not simplify this because i know you have a lot of detail in your plan, but i understand it to say that we will provide doctors of some sort for current medicare recipients at the current level. 55 and over. there is a grandfathering in for future beneficiaries. i just want to point out that i have read it. the basic idea is that at some point, we hold medicare costs per recipient constant as a way of making sure that it does not go way out of black. i am sure there are some details -- we hold medicare costs per recipient constant as a way of making sure that it does not have things going out of wahack. it has to be reformed for the younger generations because it is going bankrupt. why not give people the sa
, what are entitlements? medicare, social security, veterans benefits, things that cannot be controlled that if you're entitled to them, you get them. and you look at interest on the debt is what -- is 5%. if you look at discretionary defense, it's 18%. and if you look at everything else the federal government does that everybody talks about: education, agriculture, justice, education, the 22 departments in homeland security, it is just 16% of what is spent. so if you add together the 50% and the 5% of interest, you see 55% of everything the federal government spends this year cannot -- cannot be controlled. you have to spend it. and so all the rest that's discretionary is rather small in comparison. if you project that out ten years -- and i must tell you, new numbers are coming out tomorrow, so this is the latest number that i have -- entitlements go up to 56% and interest on the debt to 14%. so that is 70% of everything that is spent in the year 2019 if things are projected forward cannot be controlled. discretionary defense is 16% and nondiscretionary -- again, everything else -- 14
, a spending freeze on everything from social security and medicare and medicaid. and fiscal commission, it would be a weaker version what just got defeated in the senate. he mixed it up with republicans over the economy in baltimore. at one point he complained the question was be a example of how hard it was to have a bipartisan conversation. he is another take on the meeting. >> i said i haven't been an obstructionist. you haven't been the one that has been following through. but that is the dialogue we need. if we get the house democrats to come in, we would have a lot of progress. >> former president george h.w. bush and his son jeb paid a call in the office. mr. bush was in town for a meeting. >> julie: caroline, thank you very much. >> gregg: house speaker nancy pelosi insisting this week the push for health care reform is alive and well. she she is saying that the house will implement several strategies to get a reform bill passed whether that works or not. what does it mean for the political landscape in the upcoming midterm elections. by ron york, chief correspondent for the wa
to lower the costs of medicare and medicaid and it will not cost anybody anything. that is great politics, it is just not true. so there has got to be some test of realism in any of thesexd proposals, mine included. i have to hold myself accountable and guarantee the american people will hold me accountable if what i am selling does not actually deliver. >> mr. president, a point of clarification. what is in the better solutions book are all the legislative proposals that were offered. >> i understand that. i have actually read your bills. >> through 2009. >> i a understand. -- i understand. >> the summary document you receive this backed up by precisely the kind of detailed legislation that speaker pelosi android restoration have been busy ignoring for 12 months. >> i have read your legislation. i take a look at this stuff and the good ideas we take. here is the thing that all this have to be mindful of. it cannot be all nothing, one way or the other. would the mean by that is thisÑi if we put together a stimulus package in which a third of it are tax cuts that normally you'd support an
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the paperwork, and medicare and my insurance covered the cost. we can work directly with medicare or with your insurance company. we can even help with financing. if there's a way, we'll find it! so don't wait any longer, call the scooter store today. >>> welcome back to "the fast money halftime report." we are getting to the heart of the action as it is happening. the latest round of avp data disappoints and there are a number of trades that are working today including metals, miners and retail stocks. let's get to the word on the street. our fast money crew today the ambassador jim seymour and jared levy of peak six and tom gored oven forex.com. this is a call we got on the desk for the past few weeks. it is the goldman call on the global economic recovery upgrading a number of industrial names including 3m, a lead or the doul as well as material names including the steel stocks. which one here would you put fresh capital into? >> think it was just disk based again. look at the nucor, aks have underperformed. mattel which is the largest player has been upgraded because they're slowing them b
senator ben nelson? apparently he is asking for money for his state that would be used for medicare and he's asking not to take it anymore? guest: this was done essentially to get senator nelson's vote. it was to expand federal funding for medicare in nebraska. some said great, but what about our state? senator nelson took a lot of heat for this. he's a conservative leaning democrat in a strongly republican state. he's gone around the state and done all kinds of ads to explain his position, and finally he said to senator reed, let's take this off the table. he said let's give it to all states or take it out entirely. host: wlats going on in massachusetts -- with what's going on in massachusetts, how long until he could be sworn into the senate? guest: this is a matter of contention. you haveçó democratic-leaning officials in massachusetts saying it may take two weeks to officially process the win. thers÷ tradition in the senate it is not disputed, you get that person in there as quickly as possible. i can bet republicans would be crying foul if democrats tried to string this out and lea
costs, all the insurance reforms, we're going to lower the costs of medicare and medicaid and it will not cost anybody anything. that is great politics, it is just not true. so there has got to be some test of realism in any of thesexd proposals, mine included. i have to hold myself accountable and guarantee the american people will hold me accountable if what i am selling does not actually deliver. >> mr. president, a point of clarification. what is in the better solutions book are all the legislative proposals that were offered. >> i understand that. i have actually read your bills. >> through 2009. >> i a understand. -- i understand. >> the summary document you receive this backed up by precisely the kind of detailed legislation that speaker pelosi android restoration have been busy ignoring for 12 months. >> i have read your legislation. i take a look at this stuff and the good ideas we take. here is the thing that all this have to be mindful of. it cannot be all nothing, one way or the other. would the mean by that is thisÑi if we put together a stimulus package in w
've dealt with medicare patients for my entire practice, when you take $500 billion out of a plan that's already underfunded and goes upside down in premiums in about 2017 and beginning next year, the baby boomers hit, three million to three and a half million every year, you take half a trillion dollars out and add 30 million to 35 million people, three things happen. you have decreased access, two, you're not going to be able to get in to see the doctor, two, you have decreased quality and three, seniors get this their costs are going to get up to get the needed care they need. mr. akin: doctor, you are so eloquent and said it so smoothly, i think you we need to underline what you said. what you're saying is we're going to take $500 billion out of medicare. is this a republican that's going to raid medicare? mr. roe: no, sir. mr. akin: we've been accused of raiding medicare. but it's not us. mr. roe: no, sir, unless you're in florida, of course. mr. akin: if you take $500 billion out of medicare, it's going to be harder to provide services for people. you're not doing just that, you'
is not being debated openly and fairly. it will raise taxes, it will raise taxes, it will hurt medicare, it will destroy jobs, and run our nation deeper into debt. martha: fox news alert for you, we're awaiting a police conference in virginia following the arresting of a man suspected of gunning down eight people, the suspect eventually turned himself into the police early this morning after a horrific multiple shooting. these are from the scene in appomattox, 100 miles south of richmond, police believe that christopher speight spot and -- shotald killed eight people, investigators discovered three bodies inside a home, three more outside. we have a live report from the scene of that horrific crime. bill: in the meantime lawmakers launching new investigations into the failed christmas day bombing plot of this passenger jet into detroit, several congressional committees holding meetings on that, among them, the homeland security committee, and secretary napolitano is scheduled to testify. look there, screen left. lawmakers looking into the security lapses that allowed a nigerian suspect
monstrosity that took a half billion out of medicare, raised taxes a half billion dollars and raised insurance premiums for everybody is dead. we need to start over as we've been advocating for sometime and go step-by-step and fix the problem. which is cost. >> greta: that's what you want to do. is that going to happen? you think the democratic members of the senate are still going to proceed with the existing bill minus adjustments? >> as long as they try to restructure 1/6 of the economy cutting medicare, raising taxes and premiums i don't think it is going anywhere. leadership marks them out, right off the cliff politically trying to get them to pass a bill the people hated. i don't think they are going to have a stomach for that one more time. >> greta: do you think with the election of senator electric brown, have you seen any sort of changes one the democratic senators here or too early to tell? >> i think the attitude is they would like for this issue to go away for a while democratic senators many would like for this issue to go away for a while. >> greta: how about harry reid? >> i th
spending, medicare and social security are not affected by the freeze. >>> the man accused of killing four members of his family on thanksgiving day will ab rained in a florida court. prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. >>> and tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the first civil rights sit-in. four african-american college students demanded service at a segregated lunch counter in greensboro, north carolina. that store with the lunch counter still in place opens tomorrow as the centerpiece of the international civil rights center and museum. >>> michael jackson's children will step into the spotlight sat the grammy awards tonight. the pop star's two eldest kids prince michael and paris will appear on stage during a tribute to their father. it will be their first public appearance since their father's memorial last summer. grammy organizers say they are going all out to honor jackson. >> it's going to be wonderful. i just came from the rehearsal for it. it is absolutely amazing and totally befitting what the grammys does. i think we do it better than anybody else. this is something g
to reform health care without shifting medicaid cost to the states and cutting medicare and raising taxes. we'll do that by implement common sense reforms. letting bying health care . ending 45 lows lawsuits of hospitals that drive up health cost. our solutions are not thousand page bills that no one read after being crafted behind closed doors with special interests. our proposals are available on solutions.gov.gov . we welcome your ideas on fates book and twitter. all americans agree that this nation must become more energy independent and secure. we are blessed here in america with vast natural resources and we must use them all. advances in technology can unleash more gnarl gas and nuclear wind and coal and alternative energy that lower utility bills. here in virginia we have the opportunity to be the first state on the east coast to explore and oil and natural explore and oil and natural gas off shore. you this administration policies are delaying off shore production and hindering nuclear expansion and seeking to impose job and cap and trade energy taxings. now is the time to adopt
, lower your costs -- all the insurance reforms. we're going to lower the cost of medicare and medicaid and it won't cost anybody anything. that's great politics. it's just not true. so, there's got to be some test of realism in any of these proposals. mine included. i've got to hold myself accountable and i guarantee the american people will hold me accountable if what i'm selling doesn't actually deliver. >> mr. president, a point of clarification. what's in the book are all the proposals that -- >> i understand. i've read your bills. >> so, rest assured the summary document you received is backed up by the detailed legislation that speaker pelosi and your administration have been busy ignoring for 12 months. >> hold on. no, no, no, no. hold on a second, yes. you know, mike -- i've read your legislation. i mean, i take a look at this stuff. and the good ideas, we take. but here's the thing, here's the thing i guess that all of us have to be mindful of. it can't be all or nothing, one way or the other. all right? you, you -- what i mean by that is this. if we put together a stimulus pa
're on medicare, the cost of your diabetes testing supplies as well as your prescription drugs may be covered. liberty takes care of all the paperwork with medicare and sends the prescription forms directly to your doctor for approval. then, on your schedule, packs up this box and sends it right to your door with no charge for shipping. and liberty assures you have everything you need to manage your diabetes, including most brand name meters. call now and we'll send you a free meter. plus, a free cookbook when you join. call liberty. they can help you live a better life. call the number on your screen. >>> in an hour, casey anthony will be in a courtroom. she is charged with the death of her 2-year-old daughter caylee. today's hearing deals with unrelated check fraud charges. during the time in 2008 when police were searching for young caylee, anthony is accused of stealing hundreds of dollars from her friend to buy clothes and groceries and to pay her phone bill. caylee's remains were found in december 2008. it's not clear what's going to happen at today's hearing. a trial was supposed to st
including pentagon spending, medicare and social security are not affected by the freeze. >>> the man accused of killing four members of his family on thanksgiving day will be arraigned in a federal court. tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the first civil rights sit-in. four african-american college students demanded service at a segregated lunch counter in greensboro, north carolina. that store with the launch counter still in place opens tomorrow as the centerpiece of the international civil rights center and museum. >>> getting around the sunshine state could soon be easier and faster. florida is getting more than $1 billion in stimulus money to build a high-speed rail system. president obama made that announcement to a cheering crowd at the university of tampa this week. the first phase will link downtown tampa to the orlando airport. it's expected to be finished within 4 1/2 years. eventually, the line is expected to be extended to miami. >>> a bald eagle named harley is back in the wild and flying free. >> it is rewarding today to watch him fly off. did you see that? that was
. automatic crash response. built into 15 chevy models. medicare. it doesn't cover everything. >>> abu mulal al balawi, the double, maybe triple agent, who double-crossed the cia in afghanistan last week, blew himself up and took seven cia contracts with him. he was offering the cia tantalizing information about osama bin laden's deputy, but who was he really working for? al qaeda now taking credit for that attack. he pested a statement on an islamic website. >>> so, if that's true, how did al qaeda get into this guy's head? turn a jordanian doctor into a suicide bomber? cnn's chief chief international correspondent, nic robertson, talked with his family. it's a cnn exclusive. >> reporter: i'm meeting with the father of the man who is alleged of killing seven cia operatives in afghanistan. what can you tell us about your son? >> now, no comment. >> reporter: why not no comment? >> nothing sure. >> reporter: you don't know for sure. >> no sure. >> reporter: we're in a middle-class neighborhood of amman, jordan. it is late afternoon, and he's going to the mosque for prayers at sundown. he prom
such as medicare and social security. the move is expected to save $250 billion. >>> sales of existing homes plunged nearly 17% last month. the sharpest decline in 40 years. the fall is linked partly to the expected end of a tax credit for first-time buyers, but it's been extended. despite the slowdown sales were 15% higher in december than a year ago. >>> meet 7-year-old charlie simpson. he raised more than $160,000 by riding his bike around his local park in london. that five-mile ride benefited unicef's work in haiti. charlie had hoped to raise 500 pounds, around 800 bucks or so but his internet page was flooded with donations. the money keeps coming in for that cause in haiti. >> that's a great little boy right there. joe, thank you. >>> just ahead, haiti's government lost its base of infrastructure in the quake, not to mention confidential documents buried beneath the palace rubble. i'll show you where the president and his staff have relocated and what they are facing ahead and see if whether or not they're up to the challenge. >>> if you've been watching we've been following the story
security and medicare, that are just steaming along. these are the more politically popular domestic programs. the point of this, when you talk to senior officials, this president wants to get serious about fiscal discipline, he's heard all the criticism about washington spending so much money. we're told that the state of the union address is going to have a lot on fiscal discipline. the president clearly trying to burnish his credentials on that. mixed reaction i'm getting from republicans, some saying they can work with the president on this. others saying it's just a fraction of the federal debt right now and really not going to be enough. the big problem for this president is going to be very senior democrats on the hill don't want their power of the purse taken away. i'm already talking to top democratic aides on the hill saying the president is going to face some real opposition, because there's going to be some really popular programs that liberals will not want to cut. >> stand by. gloria borger is here. do i hear echoes, gloria, of the president saying, in effect, the era o
, for example, put in place medicare and medicaid, but i think it's more like, to my mind, covering the seniors, you know, seniors are no longer the poorest americans, young people are now, kids, but there was a day in american hive when seniors, especially older women really were in needs of protection, a social safety net. we saw some of that with social security and don't forget it covers widows, orphans and that kind of thing and then with medicare, again, to pick up the idea that the elderly should not be struggling for healthcare coverage, and now, i think the extension would be to make sure that all americans have some basic levels of healthcare coverage and that people don't have to scrap for, you know -- don't have to worry about having some catastrophic illness that will bankrupt them. it is not only them. we think of it in terms of individuals, but i can't tell you how often when i'm not doing or or thing, i come across people who are small business owners who complain about the high cost of healthcare benefits for employees and of course, we have seen what happened with the auto com
's where i get my prescription drugs as well. see if you're on medicare, the cost of your diabetes testing supplies as well as your prescription drugs may be covered. liberty takes care of all the paperwork with medicare and sends the prescription forms directly to your doctor for approval. then, on your schedule, packs up this box and sends it right to your door with no charge for shipping. and liberty assures you have everything you need to manage your diabetes, including most brand name meters. call now and we'll send you a free meter. plus, a free cookbook when you join. call liberty. they can help you live a better life. call the number on your screen. for you, trouble at toyota, with some of the most popular cars on the road, the second largest automaker already recalling millions of vehicles a few months gook and now are completely pulling 8 models off of the lots and also halting production, while they try and figure out these faulty gas pedals that have been a problem and we're in a brand-new hour of "america's newsroom," welcome, i'm martha maccallum. bill: and i'm bill hemmer, a
the senate bill is still a government-run takeover of health care. it still robs medicare of about a half trillion dollars, and this one, unlike the health bill in the house, forces taxpayers to pay for the killing of unborn children and that is not health care and the american people overwhelmingly reject it. but it seems nancy pelosi and harry reid are hell bent on shoving this government-run health care system down the american people's throat. i can only say to you that if they keep it up, the american people may turn this whole administration and the democrat majority into one giant shovel ready project next fall. >> i want to talk about -- i want to give you a chance to respond to the abortion restrictions because harry reid sacrificed the public option to keep senator joe lieberman on board and tightened the abortion restrictions to reel in ben nelson on the abortion federally funded abortion measure. that's still not making republicans happy. is there any room here for negotiation? >> let me take a moment out and first say that this house bill that we passed is not government run.
it. you know, i've come on with you guys and i think we should have been much clearer about medicare. we understand how it works. it was a democratic initiative. this expanded five years or something like that. >> but, for instance, medicare for all. >> yeah. i mean, i think that that has been messaged very well and i also think let the senate and housework its will, that by definition is an unclear thing and muddled and the like. i also think something else. look, we're doing tough things. you're doing health care no matter who did it you're going to take a lot of lumps for it. i think you can critique how it's done, but there's no doubt the president is trying to solve the problems of the american people. the problem we have, this reminds us more of 1993. the president is doing incrementally good things but we in congress are taking our lumps every step of the way. and i also think when people who are against things are always more animated than people who are for things. there's a lot of headwinds. i don't want to do a postmortem until there's a mortem. >> this could be new hampsh
on everything but medicare, medicaid, social security and national security. three, fiscal commission. though it would likely be a weaker version than what was defeated in the senate. the president mixed it up with republicans over the economy and the deficit at the house retreat yesterday in baltimore. at one point, mr. obama complained a question was an example of how hard is it to have a bipartisan conversation. here is another republican congressman's take on the meeting. >> i looked the president right in the eye and said i haven't been an obstructionist. you haven't been the one that has been following through. but that is the kind of dialogue we need. again, if we can get the house democrats to do the same thing, i think we'd make a lot of progress. >> mr. obama had another meeting with republicans this morning with a smaller crowd. former president george h.w. bush and his son jeb paid a call in the oval office. we're told it was a social call because mr. bush was in town for a meeting. julie? >> julie: caroline shively, thank you. now to haiti, where around a million people remain ho
. they were so helpful and nice. they filed all the paperwork, and medicare and my insurance covered the cost. we can work directly with medicare or with your insurance company. we can even help with financing. if there's a way, we'll find it! so don't wait any longer, call the scooter store today. >>> president obama is getting ready for a big statement on the attempted bombing christmas day. he could have harsh things to say about where the ball was dropped. what security experts are saying about what let that suspect on the plane. >>> five straight days of frigid temperatures and record snow. long delays at airports. find out where things could get worse before they get better. >> the search intensifies for an 8-month-old baby from arizona whose mother says she gave him away to people in a park in san antonio. police are issuing a plea and promise. hi, everybody. still waiting to hear the president speak. that is coming up soon. i'm chuck roberts. a story just in. a vehicle under water in north carolina. pictures coming in from wtvd in tarboro, north carolina. the vehicle is under water. i
bush took was to a $1.3 trillion deficit with unpaid tax cuts for the wealthy and the medicare prescription drug program. change is not just about policies. in 2006, democrats promised to drain the swamp and back congress largely because the american people soured on corrupt republican leadership. many ethics reforms were put in place by democrats, and he goes on to finalize, run great campaigns. again, this will appear in the paper version tomorrow. i believe if if you go to "the washington post" website, it is already there online if you want to read the full text of it yourself. it's from david plouffe. he ran the 2008 obama-biden campaign. should ben bernanke be reconfirmed? atlanta, georgia, up next. republican line, antonio. you there? we're going to try antonio one more time. are you there, sir? don't believe he's there anymore. steve, good morning. caller: hello. host: hello. you're on. caller: yes, thank you. concerning ben bernanke being reconfirmed, i'm going to have to say that it doesn't really matter who is in charge as chairman of the federal reserve, because the
's deficit will double it. at the same time that medicare is going bankrupt, social security going bankrupt. medicaid is upside down. this is a nightmare. >> well, first -- >> the bigger crisis is medicare. >> we have had creative accounting and self-dealing going on for a long time. the fed purchases a significant majority of all u.s. debt last year. we have a situation where the housing entities are not being consolidated. they have huge losses. people saying they are doing things to try and help reduce medicare costs, but they are spending the money someplace else. all kinds of creating accounting and self-dealing going on. >> we'll go to chris tnctie in minute. i was struck by the creative accounting. they were making up trillions. you wrote a story mid summer about the fdic created $1 trillion out of thin air by a bureaucratic trick. this creative accounting makes our situation so much worse. >> it does. and, frankly, actually, that decision by the fdic at the time has in a way come back to haunt us. i don't know if you recall at the end of this year, the fdic was almost bankrupt and h
's are threatening legal action over a provision that would protect nebraska from the medicare changes that were used to get the support of ben nelson. the democratic leaders are getting ready for a political war, going into the midterm elections. long beach, on the line. good morning to you. caller: happy new year. host: the first and want to talk about, actually, was immigration. people have been complaining about the immigrants. you do not hear anyone complaining about the employers. people would not come if they did not get hired. they exploit them, and use the non-documented workers. they have chemicals and asbestos. that is what they use them for. that is the problem here, not the poor people who come here to make a living. the other thing that we need to look at this -- look at is the middle east. we have to see the level view of the nation. we cannot criticize the nation on c-span. we have to take a look at this. i see people going on and on about muslims. but if you talk about the religion of these people, they will cut you off. we really need more information about where we stand in the uni
the people on medicare have to pay out of pocket for their medication. we want to close that gap. that was, i think, a lot of the conversation. host: we've covered a town hall meeting up in michigan. they talked a lot about the amendment on abortion. did that come up last night? >> it did. the caucus that in my part of, which has well over 100 members in the house of representatives, as well as wide support throughout the country for reproductive health care being a part of any package, it came up last night in the context of those of us that believe we should be pro-choice thinking that we should stick with the status quo, which says no federal dollars to pay for abortion. we don't -- we do not necessarily like that, but we agree with that. the stupak and nelson amendments go well beyond that. we think that all of our reproductive health needs to be covered. that was discussed even by a pro-life democrat, he agreed. he did not want to make this an abortion bill, he wanted it to remain a health care bill. keep the status quo with no federal dollars going for abortion in moving on. talking abo
of the provisions. the closing of the donut hole. that is how much people on medicare have to pay out-of-pocket for their medication. we want to close that gap, so people don't have to pay that much. we do it in the house of representatives. so that was the think a lot of the conversation, so it is not sip yet. was do we covered a town hall meeting with congress to packin michigan. you talk a lot about his amendment on abortion, part of the house legislation. did that come up plus side and what is the fate of that abortion language? >> guest: it did. the pro-choice caucus, which i am part of, which has well over 100 members in the house of representatives, and wide support certainly throughout the country for reproductive health care being part of any package. it came up last night in the context of those of us who are pro-choice, believe that we ought to stick with the status quo, which says and i want to say it very clearly, not any federal dollars to pay for abortions. we don't necessarily like that but we agree with that. that is the hyde amendment. and the stupack amendment, and
but i'm certainly not in favor of higher taxes, cutting medicare half a trillion, affecting medical coverage for veterans and basically having a one size fits all. so i know what i don't want. now i'm looking forwarding to reading the bills and coming up with a plan because if it's something the president feels is important, i'm certainly willing to look at it. >> brown also met today with senator john mccain of arizona. fellow republican mccain, the 2008 presidential nominee. he was an early backer of brown early this year endorsing him in his campaign bid and mccain praised the new senator. take a listen. >> senator brown represents, i think, the dreams and the hopes and the frustrations that americans feel today, and they want the kind of leadership that the commonwealth of massachusetts just sent us. i'm pleased to have been an early supporter, even though a bit foolish at the time. i am very proud of his success. he won his campaign because of who he is, primarily, first of all, the individual that he is that knows how to communicate with the people of his state. >> that's just
as proposed by the house democrats will save lives, will save money, will save jobs, and will save medicare. it is time to pass health care reform. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia rise? >> request permission to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. wolf: i rise today to voice my strong support of google's intention to consider pulling out of china due to a highly sophisticated and targeted attack on its corporate infrastructure and email service. google is making a principle stand reminiscent of the companies that pulled out of apartheid south africa and fascist germany. "the washington post" today reported that google said it is eminent that a primary call on the attackers accessing the g-mail accounts of chinese human rights activists. they found the accounts of literally brave human rights advocates appear to have been routinely accessed by third parties. this is unconscionable but not surprising given china's long history of cracking down o
, transportation infrastructure, medicaid medicare programs, state and federal pension systems and k through 12 and higher education. anything beyond that, the government is getting beyond its core competencies and we need to rein it back in. >> what did you think of the tone of the speech. did he do anything to quell the tea party fervor? we know you're hoping to capture the same sentiment that put scott brown in office. >> we're hoping in ells we don't miss revolution in 2010 the same way we missed the reagan revolution, when we raised income taxes when the rest were cutting taxes. it's what happened to democratic rule in this state, now the nation is seeing what that looks like, which is economic devastation. in terps of the tone of the speech, he gives a good speech. in substance it's lacking. his command control policies of managing from d.c. do not work. bottom line, socialism doesn't work. it doesn't matter who tries it. the underlying policy choices he is making are wrong. >> all right. dan, thank you so much for joining us. >> thank you. >>> president obama talking jobs, jobs, jobs in
amendment doesn't allow for health care of every citizen in the country? do you believe medicare and social security and medicaid is socialism? i think these questions need to be driven to them. it needs to be put to them. then as we move toward the general elections -- that's in a primary contest. i'd get those candidates out there now defining these people as to where they stand. and then secondly, in the general election, i think that driving these substantive issues, as we create jobs -- and even there, you know, i want to see republicans, what they're going to say when it comes time to cast a vote to create jobs in america. you know, when we have an emergency in this country like flood -- flooding or hurricane disasters, we consider a disaster when 15 million american bread winners don't have a job, i consider that a disaster, one that has to be responded to by the federal government. let them choose on whose side are they on. trying to get families back to work in america or taking care of big business? that's going to be an interesting choice. >> democratic senator robert menendez of
the insurance reforms, we're going to lower the cost of medicare and medicaid, and it won't cost anybody anything. that's great politics. it's just not true. so there's got to be some test of realism any n any of these proposals, mine included. i have to hold myself accountable and i guarantee the american people will hold themselves -- will hold me accountable, if, what i'm selling, doesn't actually deliver. >> mr. president, point of clarification, what's in the better solutions book, are all of the legislative proposal it's. >> i understand that. >> -- we're offered. >> i have read your bills. >> throughout 2009. >> i understand. >> rest assured the summary document that you've received is backed up by precisely the kind of detailed legislation that speaker pelosi and your administration have been busy ignoring for 12 months. >> yeah, right. hold on, hold on a second. >> but it's just -- [ applause ] >> hold on a second. i have read your legislation. i mean, i take a look at this stuff, and the good ideas we take. but here's -- here's the thing -- here's the thing, i guess, that all o
, a spending freeze on everything but medicaid, medicare, social security, and national security. and three, a fiscal commission. although it would likely be a weaker version than what got defeated in the senate. the president mixed it up with republicans over the economy and the deficit at their house retreat yesterday in baltimore. at one point, president obama complained the question was an example of how hard it is to have a bipartisan conversation. here is another republican congressman's take on the meet ing. >> i haven't been an obstructionist. you haven't been the one that's been following through. but that's the kind of dialogue we need. again, if we can get the house democrats to do the same thing, i think we'd make a lot of progress. >> mr. obama had another meeting with republicans this morning with a much maller crowd. george h.w. bush and his son jeb paid a call in the oval office. we're told it was a social call because mr. bush was in town for a meeting. rick? >> all right. thanks very much. >> we're going to go out to casey stegall in a little bit. we'll give you a tease. h
to the middle class. the way they can pay for it is by putting in a public option, expanding medicare or by raising taxes. i hope of those three options, they don't go with the raising taxes part. >> i get it. as a reporter who gets to talk to all of you people on a fairly regular basis, i've got to say, it's surprising sometimes to be able to talk to people like yourself and get honestly the exact same answer which goes to the point that you offered up, matt, which is transparency, and the end of corporate communism in this country. i think everybody can agree it's in america's interests without regard for what your political affiliations may be. what is the exclusion for all of us? to the valid anger, the understandable frustration, and real disappointment that we are seeing across america with our political process. well, the answer is, you. politicians will listen to what you say. and if they don't, vote them out of office. look what we're seeing here today. and if you have a phone, or an e-mail, or a twitter, or a facebook account, you have more access, more direction to your pol
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